So this week I promised to warm your ears and in order to do so I have trekked (not literally) to the Evansville, Indiana area. It is here that I have found a very talented young man. Another prodigal son, Andrae LeMonte aka Monte Skelton.
Monte like most prodigies began playing at a young age. He excelled at every instrument that he touched, sax, clarinet, flute and oboe to name a few. The man gives multi-instrumentalist new meaning, he plays more than 12 instruments.
Monte is all jazz, no vocals, strictly instrumental. He plays with his band of dedicated musicians known as his Montourage (Zach Guenzel -Keyboards, Matt Courtney -Bass, Jon Kern- Drums, Alex Smith-Trumpet, Eli Green-percussion). They have quite a following in the Evansville area and like any good jazz configuration they are good at improvising and offer up a nice jam session. But don’t let the jazz tag scare you. Monte and his Montourage take on such pop artists as Maroon 5 and One Republic. At one show he had the crowd dancing to a montage of themes from Ghostbusters, Inspector Gadget and Mario Brothers. How is that for taking on pop culture?
So give him a listen if experimental jazz or just jazz is your thing. If you are looking for someone who loves to play with sound and learn from it then Monte is definitely worth a listen. He is currently working on a CD for future release.
He can be found on Facebook at Monte Skelton where you can find out what he is up to and where he may be playing, he is also on Twitter @MonteSkelton , google+ and he has his own YouTube Channel also under Monte Skelton
Or you can find him here http://monteskelton.blogspot.com for a more complete listing and further info, videos, gear set up etc.